Film ID:
YFA 553

VISIT OF LADY MOUNTBATTEN

1942

Visitor Tabs

Description

This is a film from Bridlington showing various events during 1942, including a campaign to forge links between the youth of Britain and America, a visit by Lady Mountbatten, Armistice Sunday, a procession of wartime service personnel, and a celebration of the victory in Libya.

Title:  ‘ The Outpost of the Anglo American Pen Friends, at the Town Hall Bridlington, E Yorks’ ‘A Youth Rally’

The film opens with a gate.  On the gate is the Bridlington Boy’s Brigade emblem:  BBB on a shield.  Behind the gates, troops of Boys’ Brigades and scouts march from behind the Town Hall.  A boy and a girl hold up placards for the camera: the first proclaiming, ‘Young Bridlington wants to help’; the second, ‘Young America wants to help’, with an address of 730 Fifth Avenue, New York. 

Intertitle: ‘Voluntary Stewards of the Rally’ 

A group of people stand by the entrance to the Town Hall.

Intertitle: ‘The Mayor welcomes Speakers.’ 

The people at the steps are joined by local dignitaries including a young uniformed man with a USA insignia on his shoulder and another on his cap, ‘RAP.’  They make their way into the Town Hall and are followed by uniformed and non-uniformed children.  Inside they all sit facing speakers who are behind a table on a platform.

In the next scene, a girl sits by a window writing about the Priory Church.  The church and its surroundings are shown from various vantage points, and the Norman door can be seen close up.  Then the Bayle Gate is shown closed off.  Finally, the girl signs off her letter which she’ll send to her pen-pal.

Intertitle: ‘Visit of Lady Louis Mountbatten Sept 1942’ 

Back at the doorway to the Town Hall, Lady Mountbatten stands talking to others.  A large group of uniformed women, domestics or nurses, emerge from the Town Hall and line up.  Lady Mountbatten walks past the nurses and some girls also dressed in a similar uniform.  She then makes a speech, surrounded by Army officers.

Intertitle: ‘Armistice Sunday 1942’ 

A group of men march into Priory Church.  They are followed by clerics, the Lord Mayor, and other dignitaries.  There is a parade, including a Highland pipe band, the fire brigade, and wrens.  They then march to the cenotaph where they place wreaths on the memorial during the remembrance ceremony. 

Intertitle: ‘They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them’
(a stanza from Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For The Fallen’)

Intertitle:  ‘Civic and Civil Defence Sunday 1942’ 

The film documents another procession of the various services including the boy scouts and civic dignitaries. 

Intertitle:  ‘Church bells are rung for Libyan Victory’ 

The bell ringers, including the Vicar, ring the church bells in celebration. 

Intertitle:  ‘Inspection of the services by The Mayor’ 

The Mayor walks past the various service personnel lined up for inspection.

Intertitle:  ‘March Past and Salute’ 

Again the various services march past the Mayor.